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Tooth Fairy helps kids cash in

null If the Tooth Fairy works as diligently in America as she does in Britain, he/she/it must be enjoying some enviable tax deductions (if trading change for discarded teeth is considered a charitable contribution, anyway). According to the The Children's Mutual 's research findings released yesterday, the Tooth Fairy's stock has climbed through the roof since kids from the previous generation tucked their baby teeth under their pillows. His/her estimated value is now about 20 million (almost $40 million)—a 500% increase from 25 years ago. An average British child receives 1.05--an equivalent of $2.10--for each lost tooth, and thus turn up a profit of 21 (over $40) for a mouthful. For comparison's sake, their parents earned just over three pounds (or less than seven dollars) for their first set of teeth. Sure, the Tooth Fairy's surge in generosity could be regarded as yet another sign of our children's rising materialistic demands and an excessive societal emphasis on money, but the Children's Mutual has decided to focus on the positive. "Teaching the value of money is often difficult, but the tooth fairy is on hand to help. Paying children for their lost teeth could help bring playing shop and money games to life," said David White, Chief Executive of The Children's Mutual. We were fortunate enough to reach the Tooth Fairy on his/her Blackberry for a brief comment. "I suppose that I've just become less stingy with age," he/she wrote. "But I only hope that kids are saving up this money for that next item on their wish lists: a bicycle, a game console, a pair of those Wheelie shoes."
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